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Old 12-03-2013, 05:42 PM   #1
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Should i add a powerhead?

It seems like half my aquarium's water is almost still, please see the below video.

I am wondering if i should add a powerhead, and if so which ones are very quiet? I need one to suit 215l so around 1200lph i think?

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Old 12-03-2013, 08:30 PM   #2
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A powerhead is a great idea to get more movement in the water. I had to add one before I added another filter. Is your filter big enough for you tank? I have 4 different brands of filters and they all really move the water around. Maybe lower the water level a little to get more movement. As for brands, all of them should be pretty quiet. Being underwater deadens any noise. Just pick the one you like the looks of.
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Surface movement looked good. Can't see any issues unless your fish prefer slower water.
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If you really want to get one the hydor koralia circulation pumps are the way to go... Dead quiet and very effective.
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:28 AM   #5
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I was just a little concerned as only have of the water surface is moving, i'm concerned it may cause issues with oxygenation? Or i could just be worrying about nothing
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Old 12-05-2013, 02:11 AM   #6
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Does it look like there is an oily film on the water surface? If ur not seeing a film on the surface then ur good. But a power head will help move the water in any dead areas in the corners or around decor.
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Old 12-05-2013, 05:48 PM   #7
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Yeah over more or less half the tank, which is what got me thinking i may need to do something.
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Old 12-05-2013, 05:53 PM   #8
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Yep. Get a powerhead. Just get an approximately sized powerhead. U don't want to blow the plants to the other side of the tank. Good luck. The tank looks pretty nice.
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What size would you suggest? I just want to add a little bit of movement, not a tsunami
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Old 12-05-2013, 07:34 PM   #10
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Anywhere from ~300-600 gph. Ur tank is around 55 to 57 gallons. With the plants, u don't want to do 10x turnover. Around 5x turnover would be a place to start. It it is too much current, point the powerhead towards the glass and let it form a swirling current. I run 2 aqueon 55/75 on my 75 gallon with a biocube 250 and a aqueon 900 powerhead that I rarely run. I have rift cichlids so I don't need a lot of current.
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